KARACHI: TV and Film actor Ali Rehman Khan visited The Citizen Foundation’s (TCF) Head Office and signed an agreement to become goodwill ambassador. He has previously visited TCF Qayumabad Campus and showed his commitment towards TCF’s mission to provide quality education for the less privileged. He will support the ongoing efforts of TCF by creating awareness for the need to create education opportunities for all the children of Pakistan regardless of their caste, creed, religion or ethnicity.
On behalf of TCF, Syed Asaad Ayub Ahmad, CEO TCF signed the agreement and welcomed Ali Rehman Khan on board for joining the TCF’s education movement. Expressing his thoughts, Asaad Ayub said, “We need to highlight the emergency for the need to educate all children because it is their basic right. I am so grateful to Ali Rehman Khan for becoming a part of the big TCF family and for graciously agreeing to help us in talking about this very important issue. I have no doubt that these efforts will help us in reaching out to many more out of school children.”
Education remains one of the biggest socio-economic issues being faced by Pakistan. Currently, there are more than 22.6 million out of school children. This makes Pakistan the country with second highest number of out of school children in Pakistan. That’s why we are facing an education emergency and all hands need to be on the deck to create the capacity for providing education for these out of school children. Statistics reveal that 1/3rd of out-of-school children do not attend because education is too expensive or the school is too far. The TCF school model was built to solve for these issues.
“I visited the Qayumabad TCF school last month and it was one of the most incredible days of my life. I have joined hands with TCF to support their mission to provide quality education for the less privileged,” said Ali Rehman Khan after signing the agreement.
The Economist has called The Citizens Foundation (TCF) ‘perhaps the largest network of independently run schools in the world.’ TCF has more than 1,500 school units in 700 sites across Pakistan where children were previously out-of-school. TCF has built schools in the heart of rural communities and urban slums so schools are a walking distance away from the children. The Citizens Foundation is the largest private employer of women in Pakistan with an all-female faculty of 12,000 teachers and principals, encouraging parents to send their girls to school. TCF has 252,000 students this year. Nearly half (48%) of TCF students are girls. Eighty-eight percent of TCF alumni have gone to college and 71% are employed.